Crazy Knitting Projects: Ceramic Flamingo Accessories – Part 2

On Friday, I introduced my flamingo salt and pepper shakers and the crazy knitting idea that they inspired. Today, I present you with the results. (One of the things I love about tiny little projects is that they can be really fast to do.)

Ready for a South Dakota winter!
Ready for a South Dakota winter!

Because I couldn’t get access to the entire neck of the pepper shaker, I decided to go with a simple scarf and hat. I made two different hats, one with ear flaps and one without. Unfortunately, the ear-flap hat just didn’t work on this guy, so I had to go with the more traditional ski cap.

This flamingo is no longer in danger of freezing to death. In fact, he's ready to go sledding.
This flamingo is no longer in danger of freezing to death. In fact, he’s ready to go sledding.
Even using size 00 needles, the scarf is only 3 stitches wide.
Even using size 00 needles, the scarf is only 3 stitches wide.

The salt shaker got a more elaborate outfit mainly because the extended neck was easier to work with. I knew I wanted to make a fitted gaiter for the neck to cover up the crack in it, but once that was done, I felt it needed more. I wanted ruffles for some reason, and the shawl I just made was the perfect pattern for the job. I made a tiny version of it, with only a fraction of the rows, ending at the right point to get the ruffled edge I was after. Then I sewed it to itself and the gaiter to make a frilly cover. To my delight, this flamingo was able to pull off the hat with ear flaps and I put it on her, even though she’s already well bundled up.

I had to glue the hats on to get them to stay in place.
I had to glue the hats on to get them to stay in place.
Ready to go ice-skating and twirl!
Ready to go ice-skating and twirl!

While I was working on this project, I had an idea for yet another crazy knitting project, one I am dying to do. But that will be a post for another day.

Which look do you like best?

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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